Wake up to a New Year

year-of-the-rooster-reverse

              According to the Chinese zodiac, the year 2017 is ruled by the Rooster. The Rooster loves to be the centre of attention; witty and self-assured, he or she can talk about anything! A natural performer, he or she does amazingly well in any career that puts him or her in the public eye. The Rooster is astute, organized and decisive—put him or her in charge, and your life and finances will run like clockwork! The coin features the 24-karat gilded image of a rooster in the middle of a ring made of real jade.…

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Happy Victoria Day!

Queen Victoria - Gothic Crown

Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The Gothic Crown is considered by many to be the finest Victorian silver coin. Victoria Gothic Crown, mdcccxlvii = 1847, edge inscribed Undecimo, Spink 3883. Beautifully toned, EF with some minor marks to the bust and in the fields. Sold Victoria Gothic Crown £1,150.00 Thank you Leodis Hammered Coins for text and image.  

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China 2016 silver Panda – now a metric ounce

CHINA 10 YUAN 2016 SILVER PANDA,

China continued their popular silver Panda series with this attractive 2016 issue.  Each year features a different design featuring a cute giant Panda.  The 2016 issue depicts a Panda grasping a large tree branch.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400’s. In keeping with what seems like a Chinese tradition of cutting corners, the 2016 Panda weighs 30 grams (.9645 oz) rather than 1 troy ounce (31.1035 grams).  The reasoning is that this will put the coin on the metric standard.  The coin is struck in .999 fine silver,…

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An Antarctic Orca

BRITISH ANTARCTIC TERRITORY 2 POUNDS 2014 ORCA BU

This 2014 2 Pound coin from the British Antarctic Territory features an Orca (Killer Whale) with her calf swimming in the Antarctic waters with an iceberg in the background.  Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest existing members of the dolphin family, ranging in size up to 26 feet (8 meters) long.   They are highly social, often living together in matrilineal family groups. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours are often passed across generations.  The copper-nickel coin is 38.6 mm in diameter, features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the obverse and has a maximum…

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Aqua-Green malachite stone set in Celtic Mandala

The Antique Finish 2016 Mandala Art Ultra High Relief $10 coin contains 3 ounces of .999 fine silver. Mintage of 500. The reverse of the coin, engraved to represent a mandala, features intricate detail rich with symbolism rooted in Celtic traditions, with an aqua-green malachite stone at the center.   The obverse of the coin carries the coat of arms of Fiji, the denomination and year of issue, 2016. Thank you coin world for image and text http://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2016/03/silver-mandala-coin-from-fiji-blends-celtic-eastern-influence.html

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Chrysanthemum 10 Sen from Japan

Japan 10 Sent

A beautiful 10 Sen from Japan. 0.7200 silver. Japanese dates on coins start with the era 明治 (Meiji) 1867 – 1912 and then 4 x 10 + 5 shown reading clockwise looking towards the centre of the coin. So this coin is 45th Regnal Year of Emperor Mutsuhito. Or in western calendar 1912. * Thank you http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/Japanese.htm for image and information on dating Japan coins. *  I hope, corrections or confirmations  very welcome 🙂 Thank you NGC for images  

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First Coins of South Sudan

South Sudan

The South Sudanese government hope their new  coins will increase international recognition of their new country. “After a long civil war, South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011.  Oil fields in the border areas of Sudan and South Sudan has been the source of additional fighting between the two nations.  In 2013 a civil war broke out between the forces of the President and the Vice President of South Sudan.  As a result on the continuing conflicts up to 100,000 have been killed, 1,000,000 have been displaced and 400,000 have fled the country. In 2015 South Sudan released its…

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The British Crown struck in New York, 1960

A Crown was struck to celebrate the British Exhibition in New York in 1960. The Royal Mint had a stand at the New York Exhibition on which they were demonstrating coins being struck. The coin was the 1960 crown (or Five Shilings) that had been designed for the occasion. The 70,000 coins actually made at the exhibition were made using a polished die at “prooflike” quality. At the end of the Exhibition all of the unsold ones were bagged up and sent back to Britain – this is why it’s difficult to obtain a pristine specimen without bagmarks. An Uncirculated Crown (with a lot of bagmarks) can…

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Hong Kong 1941 1 Cent

Hong Kong 1941 1 Cent - Obverse

   In the 1930s, all the coins for Hong Kong were minted in England and shipped to the colony.  When war started in December 1941, five shipments of the 1 Cent coins were enroute to the colony.  According to the records at the British Royal Mint, one shipment was unloaded in South Africa, returned to the Mint and melted down.  The fate of the remaining four shipments is unknown and there are rumors that one shipment was sunk by a Japanese submarine and another shipment was captured by the Japanese in Hong Kong and melted down for the war.  Although…

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Hedgehogs from Kazakhstan

A” hedgehog is featured on both sides of this 2013 Kazakhstan 50 Tenge coin.   One side displays the face of the hedgehog staring out at you.  The other features the hedgehog curled up in a ball.  The coin is 31mm in diameter and is brilliant Uncirculated.” Thank you Joel at joelscoins for text and image I like the way the reverse hedgehog, curled up, fills the whole round coin. ~ Julian Ticehurst

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A Taku Turtle from Fiji

“This attractive 1 troy ounce .999 fine silver 2 Dollar coin from Fiji features a stylized Hawksbill turtle, also known as the Taku.  This 2012 issue was the last of Fiji silver Taku with Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.  The 40.5mm coin was struck for Fiji by the New Zealand Mint and has a maximum mintage of just 350,000 pieces.” Thank you Joel at joelscoins for text and image I like the compositional curves of the turtle and framing in the round of the coin. I like the spiral swirls in the turtle’s shell. Also the ring-linked bubbles. ~ Julian Ticehurst      

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China celebrates 70th Anniversary of Victory in the war with Japan 1937 to 1945

70th Anniversary of the "victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the fight against fascism".

The People’s Republic of China has issued a set of 2015 coins to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the “victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the fight against fascism”. Zuo Xiuhui, deputy director of the People’s Bank of China’s Currency, Gold and Silver Bureau, said at a news conference that the set consists of one gold coin, two silver coins, and a nickel-coated steel coin. The gold coin, with a face value of 100 yuan, weighs a quarter of an ounce, while the five-ounce silver coin has a face value of 50 yuan and its one-ounce…

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